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5 of the Best: Long-range goals


Kuala Lumpur:  The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' weekly series returns with another collection of amazing goals from the history of the AFC Cup tournament.

We kicked off last week's showcase with five fantastic free-kicks, and now we turn to some stunning strikes from distance that span the Continent from Kyrgz Republic to Vietnam.

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Bikramjit Singh – Mohun Bagan
vs Tampines Rovers, May 24, 2016

One of India's oldest and most storied clubs, Mohun Bagan were appearing in the AFC Cup knockout rounds for the first time in 2016 when Bikramjit Singh produced an absolute stunner to level the scores against Tampines Rovers in the Round of 16.

Singh picked up the ball just inside the Tampines half, advanced forward unchallenged and let fly with an absolute rocket from fully 35 yards. The goal ultimately forced extra-time, but that was where the dream ended as the Singaporeans advanced to the quarter-finals after a 2-1 win.


Doris Fuakumputu – Al Muharraq
vs Nejmeh SC, March 13, 2017

A journeyed career has seen Doris Fuakumputu move from his Congolese homeland to Italy, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, and it's fair to say it is unlikely he would have scored many better goals than this cracker against Lebanon's Nejmeh from the 2017 group stage.

The forward received the ball 40 yards from goal, took one touch and then unleashed a piledriver that gave goalkeeper Rabie El Kakhi no chance with what was his second goal in a 2-1 Al Muharraq victory.


Pham Duc Huy – Hanoi FC
vs Felda United, May 3, 2017

With the final group stage game between Hanoi FC and Felda United still goalless and past the 50-minute mark, Pham Duc Huy broke the deadlock with a delightful effort that opened the floodgates as the Vietnamese side ultimately ran out 4-1 winners.

Thirty-five yards from goal, Duc Huy looked up, saw his opportunity and sent a wicked effort into the top corner. The victory, however, was not enough as Hanoi narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout rounds.


Mirlan Murzaev – Dordoi FC
vs FC Istiklol, May 1, 2019

While Kyrgyz Republic's Dordoi FC were well beaten in the Central Asian clash against Tajikistan's FC Istiklol in the 2019 group stage, there was little doubt who scored the goal of the game in Dushanbe.

There seemed little on when Murzaev received the ball 30 yards out but, despite being under pressure, he managed to fire an unstoppable strike that flew past Nikola Stosic in the Istiklol goal.


Mohammed Al Wakid – Al Jaish
vs Al Jazeera, June 18, 2019

Few words are needed to describe this goal as Mohammad Al Wakid spotted goalkeeper Ahmad Nawwas off his line and let fly from inside his own half to round off a 3-0 first-leg victory for the Syrian side in the 2019 West Asia Zonal semi-finals.

It was the goal that gave Al Jaish breathing space ahead of the return meeting and should have all but guaranteed a place in the next round, but, unfortunately for Al Wakid and the Damascus side, the world-class effort was as good as it got, with Al Jazeera running out 4-0 winners in the second leg to advance.

Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on June 11).

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